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Advances in colon cancer screenings

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in both men and women in South Carolina. It is also the one cancer that is nearly 100% avoidable due to the many screening methods that exist. However, even with all the available screening methods, it is often diagnosed at a very late stage due to...
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Heart attack or panic attack – how to tell the difference

Chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating. These are all symptoms of a heart attack and also of a panic attack. But how do you tell the difference? Prisma Health cardiologist David McNeely, MD, offered some insight and advice. First, don’t ignore your symptoms. “When new symptoms or feelings arise, it can be hard to know...
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Four injuries to watch out for in the cold weather

By Thomas Ems, MD, emergency medicine resident Cold weather is no joke and if it isn’t taken seriously it can lead to serious injuries. While frostbite and hypothermia get the most attention of all the cold weather injuries, there are other lesser-known injuries that may occur due to less severe winter weather conditions. Here are...
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The benefits of eating chocolate

by Molly Wallach, RD Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. The temptation is real. Do you deny the sweet treat completely or cave and get the chocolate that is calling to you? Let’s start with this question – can chocolate actually be healthy for you? You’ve probably heard conflicting statements on whether chocolate is bad or...
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Dealing with sickle cell disease together

Ky’lanii Gambrell is a typical spunky 3-year-old girl. She enjoys playing with her dolls, running around the park, and spending time with her mother and grandmother. As healthy as she looks, it is hard to imagine that less than two months ago her family sat at her bedside while she fought for her life in...
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Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer

Veeral M. Oza, MD Pancreatic cancer is a silent killer and recognizing its symptoms is important. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States approximately 56,000 people will develop pancreatic cancer in 2019 and of these 46,000 will succumb to the disease. In South Carolina alone, that estimates to about 1,000 new cases...
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What’s new with the flu?

Flu season, which can last through March, has only just begun. Now is the time to get ready before peak flu activity hits. The flu virus can spread within a six-foot radius by a sneeze or even saliva droplets, and you’re contagious 24 hours before you begin experiencing symptoms. Since the virus spreads so easily,...
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Five ways to prevent bladder problems

  While many of us may not think about our bladder often, bladder health is important, especially for women. Some important bladder health facts: Small amounts of bacteria can live in a healthy bladder. The way you eat and drink can affect your bladder. Certain health conditions such as diabetes can heighten your chance of...
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Why you should think twice about eating red meat

Recent guidelines published in Annals of Internal Medicine inform adults that there is no reason not to continue consuming red and processed meats at current levels of intake. These recommendations are based on the facts that the observed negative effects of red and processed meat are very small, the quality of evidence is low to...
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No-shave November: What’s it all about?

You may have noticed in past years the phenomenon of men growing mustaches or full beards during the month of November. Going by various terms, including “Movember” and “No-shave November”, this movement brings a certain level of joy to those who participate and to those observers who can sit back and bask in the glory...
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